Some lawmakers have called on city and private agencies to conclude negotiations to use shore power technology.
When cruise ships dock at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal near Red Hook, many continue to run their diesel fuel engines, emitting dangerous fumes into the air. Some lawmakers want cruises to use shore power instead.
Shore power would allow ships to plug into an electrical grid at the terminal, which lawmakers say would provide cleaner and safer power.
All parties, including the city’s Economic Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Carnival Cruise Lines, have pledged support, but negotiations continue to drag on. City and state lawmakers gathered at the terminal today to urge those involved to come to an agreement.
Among them was State Senator Daniel Squadron, who expressed frustration at the slowness of the process: “Everyone has said ‘Yes, we want to make this happen'. The problem is it hasn’t happened. The reason we rallied today is because we need to infuse a sense of urgency around this negotiating table. “
Shore power is already used at many ports on the West Coast. New York would be the first city to use the technology on the East Coast.